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UCI Division of Continuing Education Announces New “Six Sigma Lean Black Belt” Courses

New Courses Integrate Six Sigma Methodology, Lean Techniques and Project Management Principles

IRVINE, Calif. – August 8, 2011 – The University of California, Irvine Extension is launching three new courses for the fall of 2011 as part of its Six Sigma Lean Black Belt program. The new courses are specifically formatted to prepare participants for taking organizations to the next level of improvement, creating quantifiable savings and new levels of performance, speed and quality. Designed to be more flexible for working professionals, the program contains smaller modules that allow participants to complete the program in as few as two quarters. Course instruction will begin Saturday, Sept. 10 and will continue through Nov. 30. All courses will be held on the UC Irvine campus.

“In the current economic climate companies must create a leaner and more profitable organization to maintain their competitive positions,” says Melanie Mitchell, acting director of management, marketing and business programs at UC Irvine Extension. “The quality and performance-driven approach of the Six Sigma methodology, along with the speed and action-orientation of the Lean techniques, provide the skills needed to put Six Sigma Lean concepts into action for successful project completion.”

Structured as a series of smaller, practical courses, the certificate program builds upon the competencies acquired during the Six Sigma Lean Green Belt program. Henry Rogers, a distinguished and certified Black Belt instructor, will educate participants on the Six Sigma Lean approach which combines the Six Sigma methods for reducing errors, along with Lean techniques to “slim down” and simplify processes. The Six Sigma Lean Black Belt program at UC Irvine Extension utilizes these established business improvement methods as top companies around the globe successfully integrate the same techniques to dramatically improve business performance.

The Six Sigma Lean Black Belt fall courses include:

• “Advanced Lean Toolkit for Six Sigma Lean Black Belt,” (every Wednesday from Sept. 14 to Oct. 12, at 5:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.) - Will build on the introductory Lean Toolkit course contained within the Green Belt certificate. It will focus on strategic Lean implementation and how it relates to a factory, hospital, office or government organization.

• “Advanced Descriptive Statistics for Six Sigma Lean Black Belt Using Minitab,” (Sept. 10 and Sept. 24, at 8 a.m. – 12 p.m.) - Will provide a solid foundation for identifying, gathering and analyzing data to make informed project decisions.

• “Inferential Statistics for Six Sigma Lean Black Belt,” (every Wednesday from Oct. 19 to Nov. 30, at 5:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.) - Will cover multivariate charts, multiple regression models, one-way and two-way ANOVA, calculation of sample size and hypotheses testing.

To register for a course, visit www.extension.uci.edu or call (949) 824-5414.

About UCI Division of Continuing Education

The University of California, Irvine Division of Continuing Education (DCE) provides lifelong learning opportunities to thousands of students worldwide each year – fulfilling the school’s 60-year curriculum platform to connect degree programs to the world of work and achievement after graduation. The Division offers a broad range of certificate programs, specialized studies, and sequential courses to local, regional and global markets through online, on-campus and on-site delivery. A leader in the open education movement, the Division offers free Massive Online Open Courses (MOOCs) and content through the UCI Open initiative. For more information about UCI Division of Continuing Education, visit ce.uci.edu.

About the University of California, Irvine

Founded in 1965, UCI is the youngest member of the prestigious Association of American Universities. The campus has produced three Nobel laureates and is known for its academic achievement, premier research, innovation, and anteater mascot. Led by Chancellor Howard Gillman, UCI has more than 36,000 students and offers 222 degree programs. It’s located in one of the world’s safest and most economically vibrant communities and is Orange County’s second-largest employer, contributing $5 billion annually to the local economy. For more on UCI, visit uci.edu.